Originally Posted by raschneider
So, what are your first impressions? How does it compare to the LC2?
Umm, let's see.
My LC2's been in use for about a year and a half now, upgraded from a Northridge EC35. The LS Center, I played for a couple of hours over the course of a day and then had to swap the LC2 back because I was assembling new AV furniture and needed the new toy to sit elsewhere for a bit. I say all that to say, I wonder what happens after this thing is really broken in?
I suppose the simplest comparison is that whatever the LC2 does, the LS Center does it easier. The LS has slightly
less bass impact, which I expected when I compared the frequency responses in the manuals, but everything else about it edges the LC2 out on, for lack of a better word, strength. I listened to music in all channel stereo on the LS with only my center amp on (even killed the subs) and whenever I stopped staring right at the speaker, my mind wasn't really pinpointing where it was. There was just a lot of very clear, effortless sound coming from the vicinity of the TV. The LC2 is more obvious in its placement, kind of a "hey, look at me" directivity to it while also having a bit more of a confined sound. I define "confined" as being a bit more boxed in, more restrained, while the LS breathes out into the space more. Even my wife noticed this after initially being unable to give me any definitive opinion on what differences she was hearing. When I put it at louder-than-usual volumes, the LC2 seems to be yelling at you (not an insult to its abilities, just saying) whereas the LS seems to reproduce the same volume level with more ease. They have similar amounts of detail, and I'm wary of saying which is better because they're so close in that sense. I didn't feel like I lost anything in a sound mix in either; I just felt like the same details resolved by the LS had a bit more body to them. Which I like a lot.
I did play several demo files ripped from various Blu-rays, and a lot of what I said above is less defined because of there being so much more to listen for in a movie sound field. That's going to take more listening, but after the music tests, I think the LS is going to blend better with the 590s and have more of an ability to pull me into what I'm watching\listening to thanks to its more holographic reproduction.